Mahua Moitra argues that the BJP should not be teaching Bengalis how to worship because it is not the guardian of Hindu deities.

Speaking to a Bengali news outlet, the Krishnanagar MP added that by raising the issue, she had demonstrated her maturity as a politician and that the BJP’s efforts to “impose its agenda of Hindutva and shove its monolithic beliefs” on other ethnic groups should be resisted.

Mahua Moitra, a member of the Trinamool Congress, said on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not the custodian of Hindu deities and it should not instruct Bengalis on how to worship the goddess. Her controversial comments about Goddess Kali sparked widespread outrage, and she has since apologized.

She asserted that the BJP cannot impose its beliefs—which are based on the methods that people in north India worship their gods—on people in other regions of India who follow distinct rituals that have been practised for more than 2,000 years.

“Neither Lord Ram nor Lord Hanuman solely belongs to the BJP. Has the party taken the lease of Hindu dharma?” she said.

She claimed that the BJP is struggling as a result of Nupur Sharma, its now-suspended spokeswoman, making controversial remarks, and that it is attempting to divert attention away from Moitra’s Kali remarks, but that it would fail.

Tejashwi Yadav questions why China is succeeding so well if population growth is a concern.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh has renewed his call for strict legislation to limit the nation’s population, which he likened to the mythological female demon “Sursa”

Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of the RJD, criticized the Central Government on World Population Day and questioned why China is prospering if population growth is a concern.

“Despite being the most populous country, China is ahead of India in terms of the economy, GDP, and development. Shouldn’t it spark a debate? If the rising population is a threat, then why is China doing so well?” Tejashwi Yadav said.

On Monday, Union Minister Giriraj Singh renewed his call for a strict law to limit the nation’s population. On the occasion of World Population Day, the BJP leader released a video statement and posted it on Twitter. 

Singh, who represents the Begusarai Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, highlighted the fact that China has surpassed India in recent decades in terms of economic growth while India has excelled over its neighbour in terms of population growth. “We have limited resources. Our population is expanding like the mouth of Sursa. The perverse mindset (vikrit mansikta) out of which one person sires 10 children can not be allowed,” Singh retorted.

He added that the need of the hour was a stringent law (‘kada kanoon’) for population control, “applicable across the country and to people of all religious affiliations”.

“The demand for such a law must be raised, from Parliament to the streets (‘sansad se sadak tak’),” said the BJP leader.


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